Cross over to the Embarcadero and stroll along the wide sidewalk. Just south of Mission Street, you come to a sculpture, "The Raygun Gothic Rocketship," touted as the Milky Way's finest system-to-system transportation. This 40-foot sculpture, created by a group of local artists, is allegedly ready to board travelers to nearby stars. The sculpture is temporarily installed at the entrance to Pier 14, the Embarcadero's newest public pier.
There is no social message in this artwork of oversize whimsy. It says nothing about local history or culture. The aluminum skin is a surprise amid the Embarcadero’s masonry buildings. It is what it is: a curvilicious gleam that captures the gee-whiz air of futurism past, on loan from the Black Rock Arts Foundation. The Port Commission will vote Tuesday on whether to let Raygun Gothic stay until October 2012, and how can anyone say no? This is art that sparks imagination and joy, the stuff of which vibrant cities are made
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